May 29, 2010

Juniors High Tea benefits children

The La Crescenta Woman's Club Juniors had their annual elegant High Tea on May 8 to benefit Operation Smiles, a nonprofit medical group that serves children who were born with facial deformities such as cleft palates.

A chocolate fountain, with a variety of fruits for dipping, and traditional English sandwiches were among the tasty offerings. New member Wendy Smith, a professional singer, crooned a few tunes while guests were arriving.

A talk was given about the organization and the patients they help by Ruth Warner, curator (president) of the Juniors. More than 200,000 babies are born with this condition around the world each year. The problem is not only physical; the young ones suffer shunning and rejection. Before and after pictures almost obviated the need for verbal explanation. Some had what appeared to be a minor cleft, but the severe condition of some of the others makes them unable to eat, to speak, socialize or smile — hence the name of the organization.


In one photo, a child's left eye was near the edge of his left lip; in the after photo, surgery had left no evidence that his face was ever anything but adorable.

The profits from the tea will provide three children with operations, and a better life than they would have had otherwise.

Teachers to present financial awards

The California Retired Teachers Assn., Glendale-Foothill Division, will present a $2,000 scholarship to three students enrolled at Glendale Community College who plan to pursue a teaching program at a four-year college next fall. This presentation be at noon on June 7 at the Elks Lodge, 120 Colorado St., Glendale.

Corinne Aveni, Kenzie Gerr and Dalin Prasert will receive the scholarships.

In another program conducted by the association, two teachers in the Glendale Unified District were each given a grant of $500 to be used for an educational project to be conducted in their classroom.

April Faieta, a fifth-grade teacher at Mark Keppel Elementary School, and Elwing Gonzalez, eighth-grade teacher at Roosevelt Middle School, received their grants recently.

The luncheon cost is $12, and reservations can be made at (818) 246-3205. Deadline for reservations is Thursday.

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